Certificate III in Upholstery - MSF30713


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform upholstery, including dismantling and reassembling furniture; selecting, cutting, sewing and fitting fabric and leather upholstery materials; and producing loose covers. There is a specialist stream in production upholstery.Specialisation is possible in this qualification depending on the electives chosen. A specialisation can be identified on the testamur where a minimum of two (2) Group A elective units of competency are achieved in production upholstery.Where the production upholstery specialisation is achieved, RTOs should identify this as follows:MSF30713 Certificate III in Upholstery(specialising in Production Upholstery)There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


  • 25 units: 14 core
  • 11 elective


  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) cutting machines
  • Fit and apply leather to furniture
  • Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using decorative techniques
  • Lay out patterns and cut leather
  • Apply marine sewing and installation techniques
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Cut, sew and fit skirts to upholstered furniture
  • Estimate and cost job
  • Develop cutting plan and cut multiple layer upholstery fabric
  • Cut and sew canvas and acrylics
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Manufacture and fit loose covers
  • Work in a team
  • Fit and apply final cover materials to furniture using basic techniques
  • Use upholstery sector hand and power tools
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Apply contemporary foundations to upholstered furniture
  • Machine sew complex upholstery final cover materials
  • Advise customers on interior decoration
  • Fit upholstery components
  • Dismantle and re-assemble furniture for upholstering
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Develop cutting plan and cut single layer upholstery fabric
  • Cut, sew and fit or fill cushions
  • Apply finishing techniques to upholstered furniture
  • Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture
  • Machine sew basic upholstery final cover materials
  • Work safely

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Lidcombe College No
  • Part-time : 30 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Lidcombe College.

SMART AND SKILLED FEESThis course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingADDITIONAL RESOURCESThere is a materials cost per year for the projects that you manufacture throughout your studies. These projects will be yours to take home on achieving competence.RECOGNITIONRecognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfersThere is a materials cost per year for the projects you manufacture from the assessments that will be yours to take home on achieving competence.

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